Maryland’s Future Oversight Panel

Maryland’s Future Oversight Panel

Dear Prince Georgians:

As some of you may be aware, the Blueprint for Maryland’s future, also known as “Kirwan,” passed the State legislature earlier this year. The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is a historic education reform plan providing billions of additional dollars in school funding statewide over the next decade. This plan will close student achievement gaps, raise teacher salaries, and transform our education system, and I was proud to join our State Delegation to advocate for this legislation in Annapolis.

To ensure the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is being implemented properly statewide, a state panel called the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is being established. The AIB will guide reform and approve education reform plans for each jurisdiction across the State. The Governor is responsible for appointing the seven members of the AIB, and a nominating committee was formed to submit nine candidates to the Governor.

A few weeks ago, the nominating committee sent nine names to Governor Hogan, and unfortunately not a single candidate that was selected was a Prince George’s County resident. As the second largest school district in the State, with over 60% of our students on free and reduced lunch, it is unacceptable that we would not have a County resident representing us on the AIB to ensure the unique challenges we face are front and center.

That’s why I reached out directly to Governor Hogan to let him know our concerns and offered to work with his office to provide appropriate candidates for consideration. Governor Hogan agreed and sent a letter to the AIB nominating committee asking them to provide additional nominees that would ensure school systems across the State are appropriately represented. 

Now, we have an opportunity to submit candidates for consideration to serve on the AIB, and we want to be sure that County residents that would like to be considered are given the opportunity. We are looking for County residents who are passionate about education reform and have a strong understanding of the needs of our school system. Members of the AIB will serve six-year terms as they oversee the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.

Any resident that would like to be considered should submit a resume and cover letter stating why they want to serve and what they would bring to the AIB by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 24, 2021. Residents can email their resume and cover letter to intergovernmentalaffairs@co.pg.md.us.

Thank you in advance to everyone who will answer our call and step up to be considered for this critical opportunity. We appreciate your willingness to serve not only Prince George’s children, but all of Maryland’s children.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive